Saturday Morning Flashback

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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1973 [Playlist]

This Week’s Playlist: 1973 It was the year the Sears Tower was completed, giving Chicago the world’s tallest building. A horse called Secretariat won the Triple Crown. The reality TV series of the summer was […]

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Pippen, Jordan, and Drexler of the "Dream Team" model red, white, blue, and gold.
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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1992 [Playlist]

It was a very good year for Michael Jordan. In June, the Bulls defeated the Trailblazers for their 2nd consecutive NBA title, he earned his second MVP award, and a couple of months later he […]


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This Week On Saturday Morning Flashback: 1968 [Playlist]

Few years during the past few generations can compare for the quantity of timeless music, groundbreaking social movement, and widespread cultural evolution. Join Wendy Rice 8am-Noon on Saturday Morning Flashback as she revisits the pivotal […]


1988: end of the Reagan Era
(photo: LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1988 [Playlist]

1988: presidential election year, Olympic year, the lights were switched on at Wrigley Field, Roseanne debuted on TV, Derrick Rose was born. And that’s just skimming the surface. It’s the music that we focus on […]


Authentic artifact: 1987 Listener Poll results from the Flashback files

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1987 [Playlist]

The Joshua Tree topped the annual XRT Listener Poll, and was also the first compact disc to be certified platinum. The Sony Discman was the high-tech portable music option of the day, when most of […]


Iconic. (photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1967 [Playlist]

The music of 1967 always makes for a groovy show, with influential artists, pop classics, and assorted one-hit-wonders. It was also a breakthrough year for album cover art. There was Andy Warhol’s banana on the […]


Ah, the days of colored vinyl! (photo: W.Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1983 [Playlist]

While you were’t giving up your turntable quite yet, the digital revolution was dawning as compact discs and CD players became available in the U.S. and Europe in early 1983. Here in Chicago, Harold Washington […]


It was the last summer for  the legendary Comiskey Park.
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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1990 [Playlist]

Midnight Oil’s album Blue Sky Mining topped our annual Listener Poll, along with the film Dances With Wolves, the TV show Twin Peaks, and the Alpine Valley concerts in August starring Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray […]


Wedding day in St. Tropez. (photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1971 [Playlist]

In the year Mick & Bianca were married, the first Mayor Daley won a fifth term, two Apollo missions roamed the Moon, and Disney World opened in Florida. As always, the music took center stage […]


Feb. 24, 1980: The U.S. Olympic hockey team wins the gold medal at Lake Placid.
photo: Staff/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, CNN, Pac Man, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, J.R. Ewing, Mt. St. Helens, John Lennon. Music highlights included albums from Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Elvis Costello, the […]